Nan Bei Chao’s eyes were glowing red as he spoke with an indifferent tone. At this point, the four big geniuses had retracted their soul pressure. They realized that this young man in front of them must be cultivating some secret skill that allowed him to ignore all soul pressure. There was no point in continuing what they were doing. However, they could not allow him to take that one last step. If someone was allowed to walk up and stand side by side with them, they would lose all their dignity. “Young man, if you dare to take one more step, then you should know the consequences.” Liang Xiao said in a ferocious tone. “Hehe, little brother with great abilities, you should consider joining our Valley of Happiness after this! This sister will surely treat you well!” Bai Hua Die was laughing like a blooming flower. Those who came from the Valley of Happiness didn’t really care about dignity. “If I don’t want to back down, then what? Don’t tell me you’re going to push me down?” Jiang Chen smiled. He stared back at Nan Bei Chao and Liang Xiao without a hint of fear on his face. Push him down themselves? That was impossible. If they were to do that, then they would lose all their faces and dignity. The Qi Province competition was well known for its transparency and openness, it was a fair competition. There were several hundreds of thousands of people standing in the Whirling Sun Square now. If the four of them dared to push Jiang Chen back down, then they would throw the crowd into a frenzy, and the Qi Province competition would never be held again. Jiang Chen’s calm attitude had really shocked the four geniuses. Normally, when ordinary Mortal Core disciples met them, they would always behave respectfully and well mannered. As for this young man in front of them, he had an indifferent expression and a calm vision. What made the four geniuses even more astonished was the distinguished aura this young man was unconsciously emitting, it actually made them feel overwhelmed and startled. He was only a young Mortal Core warrior, but they felt like they were facing someone in a higher position than theirs. This was just ridiculous. “What’s your name?” Nan Bei Chao asked with a cold smile. “Jiang Chen.” Jiang Chen squinted his bright eyes which shone with a razor sharp glint and glared back at Nan Bei Chao. He was merely a junior genius, and yet he was trying to suppress Jiang Chen with his imposing manner. Nan Bei Chao hoped to inflict fear in Jiang Chen’s mind, but he was still far from proficient at this type of thing. Jiang Chen had never known what fear was. “If you go back down right now, I’ll let you join the Burning Sky Pavilion.” Nan Bei Chao said quietly. “I’m sorry, but I don’t care.” After those words left his mouth, Jiang Chen took another step forwards and landed on the top of the Stairway to Heaven. He was now facing Nan Bei Chao and the other three geniuses. Bang~ Right at this moment, Nan Bei Chao’s expression changed dramatically. A surge of unreserved anger exploded out from his body, and two cold beams shot out from his eyes. He looked extremely terrifying. Liang Xiao also expressed his killing intent straight away. This impudent young man in front of them had actually blown up their faces right in front of so many people. However, Bai Hua Die wore a seductive expression. Her pair of sexy eyes kept checking out Jiang Chen, expressing high interest. To her, dignity wasn’t worth a penny. Guan Yi Yun behaved calmly as well; he was a man of honor. He thought that Jiang Chen being able to reach them was all because of his own ability. Right now, the crowd in the Whirling Sun Square started to become excited. No one would have ever thought that Jiang Chen would really take that last step and stand alongside the four big geniuses. “Heavens! He really reached the top of the Stairway to Heaven! The Qi Province competition has been held yearly for so many years and today is the first time someone has reached the top!” “Where did this young man come from? What’s his name? Not only does he have skill, he also has great courage, and now my respect!” “Miraculous! This young man has just created a new miracle! This is the first time in the Qi Province competition history that someone who isn’t from the four big sects got first place, and also the first time someone has reached the top of the Stairway to Heaven! The trip here was totally worth it! His name will definitely be recorded in the Qi Province history for sure!” “There’s something wrong with this atmosphere… That young man dared to take the last step, reaching the top and standing side by side with the four big geniuses! He blew up their faces! Just look at Nan Bei Chao’s expression, it’s just like someone who is about to kill!” “That’s right, this young man is too reckless and restless. Although he has created a miracle, he also offended Nan Bei Chao. This is not something fun, he is definitely going to have a hard time!” ………… Everybody was gossiping, this was the birth of a miracle and the debut of a dark horse. It was guaranteed to leave a deep mark in the history of the Qi Province competition. While most people admired Jiang Chen’s abilities, they admired his courage even more. It was rare to see someone who dared to blow up the faces of the four big geniuses, especially Nan Bei Chao who was rather popular right now. Many people started worrying about Jiang Chen’s safety. On the Stairway to Heaven, when Jiang Chen took the last step and reached the top, the goal in his mind was fulfilled. The circulation of the Dragon Transformation skill suddenly doubled, and Dragon Marks started forming within his Qi Sea. This was an epiphany, an opportunity, and the benefits it brought were tremendous. By utilizing this opportunity, there was a chance that Jiang Chen would break through to the Mid Mortal Core realm. In a split second, six Dragon Marks formed in Jiang Chen’s Qi Sea, and together with the previous 19 Dragon Marks, Jiang Chen had now formed 25 Dragon Marks. He needed 30 Dragon Marks to break through to the Mid Mortal Core realm. However, Jiang Chen chose to not break through to the Mid Mortal Core realm right now. His current location was not the right place for him to do so. Besides, the compounded benefits brought by this epiphany was not going to be reaped at one go, a certain amount of time was required to gain the most benefits. Besides, an additional six Dragon Marks was still quite good. After all, at the very least, it made Jiang Chen’s combat strength rise to another level. As for breaking through to the Mid Mortal Core realm, he would do that later. “Jiang Chen, no one has ever dared reject me, never! You’re looking for trouble!” Nan Bei Chao was emitting killing intent, his stare was like a poisonous snake, scaring anybody who looked at him. The number one genius in the Qi Province had now become furious! He was the child of destiny, and he had always been sitting high above. He was born with great privileges. All beings in the world needed to bow their heads down in front of him. This awareness of being born with high privileges had been rooted deep into Nan Bei Chao’s mind. Although he could feel the same aura from Jiang Chen, he still thought himself even nobler than Jiang Chen. In Nan Bei Chao’s mind, he himself was the absolute king, no one could question his orders, and no one was allowed to resist his commands. Therefore, he was incredibly furious right now. “Haha, Nan Bei Chao, you really know how to comfort yourself. Someone like you does not have the qualifications to make me reject you.” Jiang Chen was laughing out loud. The aura of superiority that Nan Bei Chao emitted was just a joke in front of Jiang Chen. “You’re looking to die!” Nan Bei Chao’s expression was getting colder, and his killing intent was getting thicker. “Nan Bei Chao, be aware of your status at the moment. This is the Qi Province competition, and you’re the most important host of this competitions. Your words and actions represent the Burning Sky Pavilion, and there’s no rule in this competition which states that someone can’t reach the top of the Stairway to Heaven. Jiang Chen attained first place in this competition, are you sure you want to assault him in front of so many people?” Guan Yi Yun started interfering. He wasn’t helping Jiang Chen; he just wanted to make sure that this competition was fair. Jiang Chen could blow up their faces, but they still needed to take care of the four big sects’ dignities. “Hmph! Guan Yi Yun, are you trying to teach me what to do? I, Nan Bei Chao, can do whatever I want to! It is none of your loser business. Don’t forget, you were defeated by me, without being able to withstand more than three hits. If you didn’t surrender, you would have already been dead by now!” Nan Bei Chao glared at Guan Yi Yun, exuding an aura of ultimate arrogance. “Hmph!” Guan Yi Yun let out a cold snort. Anger appeared on his face. But what Nan Bei Chao said was true. He really did surrender in the previous competition. The Qi Province competition was actually a battle between the four big sects, and once they entered the fighting stage, it would become a death match. Unless one surrenders, the only outcome was death. The only winning condition on the fighting stage was that you either kill your opponent or make them surrender. Therefore, when Nan Bei Chao mentioned this, Guan Yi Yun’s expression turned sour. Still, after Guan Yi Yun’s warning, Nan Bei Chao decided to not kill Jiang Chen. If it was any other time, Nan Bei Chao would have killed Jiang Chen on the spot as he had blown up his face. But the current situation was different, although Nan Bei Chao was arrogant, he still wouldn’t want to risk the Burning Sky Pavilion’s dignity. “Jiang Chen, you’re very good.” Nan Bei Chao said indifferently. Jiang Chen gazed at Nan Bei Chao, then he turned around and jumped down from the Stairway to Heaven. At this point in time, the first round of the competition had concluded. Disciples of the four big sects were all jumping off of the Stairway to Heaven. The Little Devil King walked over to Jiang Chen and patted his shoulder, he gave Jiang Chen a thumbs up and said, “What brilliant moves brother Jiang! You have my respect!” “Don’t mention it brother Yan. Jiang Chen will never forget your help in Silver Moon City.” Jiang Chen replied. He had a pretty good impression of the Little Devil King Han Yan. Also, just now when he was on top of the Stairway to Heaven, Guan Yi Yun had left a pretty good impression as well. This made his impression of the Black Sect near perfect. Lots of disciples from the Heavenly Sword Sect were staring at Jiang Chen, with fire spewing out of their eyes. By now, they all knew the matter of Jiang Chen killing disciples from the Heavenly Sword Sect, and they had all taken him as their enemy. Since Jiang Chen had just taken first place in today’s competition, they obviously weren’t happy. “Senior disciple Li, this guy killed a few outer circle disciples of ours!” Someone walked up to Li Wu Shuang and whispered to him. “What?!” Li Wu Shuang’s expression changed, “A mere rogue cultivator, how dare he kill our Heavenly Sword Sect’s disciples?! He simply has no clue who he is messing with, hmph! If I bump into him in the second round of this competition, I will personally tear him apart and show him the consequences of offending our Heavenly Sword Sect!” “Perfect, just kill him! Not only did he kill our men, he also didn’t show any respect to senior disciple Liang Xiao just now! He deserves to die a thousand times!” Chang Lin spoke relentlessly. Whenever he thought about how he was forced to kneel down in front of Jiang Chen back in Origin Mountain, his heart felt extremely uneasy. He wanted to witness the death of Jiang Chen with his own eyes, only then could he let go of his hatred. “Brother Jiang, I never expected you to have even killed disciples of the Heavenly Sword Sect! Look at their faces, it seemed like they want to eat you alive! I think you’re going to have a hard time today!” Han Yan laughed and said. Jiang Chen glared at the disciples of the Heavenly Sword Sect. His only response was a smile, not a single word. But, the coldness in his eyes expressed his hostility. If the disciples from the Heavenly Sword Sect wanted to kill him on the fighting stage, then he felt sorry for them, because they were going to be very disappointed.